You won’t even need a calculator…
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Whether you’re an imperial traditionalist or a modern, metric system kind of person, you’ll invariably find yourself Googling “miles to kilometres” or vice-versa far more often than you’d care to admit.
When you’re travelling though, searching online for a conversion isn’t always an option and not knowing exactly how far you are from your destination can be problematic.
Have no fear though – there’s a simple answer without all the difficult maths.
The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers you might recall as integral part of Dan Brown’s thriller The Da Vinci Code – but it is actually named after its 12th century creator. Here’s how it goes.
Such as across Europe
In Europe, everything from tourist maps to speedometers uses kilometres – which isn’t easy to get used to if you normally think in miles.
Or in the USA
The US is one of a tiny minority of countries still officially using the imperial system for measurements.
Other countries that do the same include Liberia and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
And finally, in the UK…
While many measurements such as weight and volume largely and officially use kilograms and litres, if you’re a driver in the UK you’ll find most distances given in miles.
This can be particularly confusing if you’re from Northern Ireland, where if you cross the border to the Republic of Ireland you’ll quickly find it swaps to kilometres instead of miles.
Get learning that Fibonacci sequence, Ireland…